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Posted Wed May 15, 2013 3:35PM

I know I have some ways to go, especially on lighting issues but moving onto (what I think are) decent enough shots with potential. I'll stop posting and submitting speculative pics which I know there's little chance of acceptance. 


Could you guys please provide some feedback and what needs to be improved? Thanks!


1) Capetown landscape: ISO 100, f10, 1/320


2) Model with green eyes: ISO 100, f9, 1/250 


3) Dutch parliament and flag: ISO 500, f7.1, 1/800



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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 7:46AM
Capetown landscape: The sea horizon looks very wonky. The main subject i.e. the man is badly lit, has just his back to camera and is smack in the centre making it a pretty awful composition. The beautiful landscape background is over exposed and the cloudy sky not that appealing either. I think the problem here is that the shot is neither one thing nor the other. If it was composed to be about the man, with just an incidental backdrop, that would have worked well, as would a shot designed to show of the landscape with just an incidental figure - but here we have the worst of both worlds.

Woman: Looks like a random snapshot of a person who doesn't look too happy to be photographed. Harsh light, windswept hair, on camera flash... I just don't get what use this could be put to as a stock photo. The background is rather distracting too in the way it seems to jut out of her head.

Dutch parliament: Shame about that flag being in it was my first thought. Would have been nicer if the sun had been on the fountain too.

Sorry that I don't have much positive to say about these three shots. Altogether I think you need to concentrate more on what might sell and not on what you might get accepted. I think dealing with the former issue will resolve the latter. Simplify your compositions and not try to achieve too many things in a single shot, would be my advice.

(Edited on 2013-05-16 08:20:19 by kelvinjay)
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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 10:16AM
I largely agree with Kelvin.

I would add that in photo #1, the man's pose is confusing...this doesn't look like how people typically take in a view...which further confounds the concept.

In #3 I'm not bothered by the idea of the flag bordering the image - I get what you were going for here - but the flag is maybe covering a bit too much of the image, and it's underexposed & drab looking, while the background is a little overexposed – so essentially nothing in the image is properly exposed. The fountain almost catches your eye as a focal point, but as Kelvin pointed it's in shadow; it's also awkwardly cropped.

I second Kelvin's advice about simplifying, and focusing on creating images which a designer would find useful in a commercial capacity. Ask yourself the question as you're taking the picture: "What is this a photo of?" and make sure that you do everything you can to ensure that is what the image is truly communicating.
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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 11:57AM
Excellent advice, thanks!
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